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Did you know that the original wedding gowns were not white? White wedding dresses were only made popular by Queen Victoria in the 19th century. She chose the color to incorporate some of her favorite lace into her gown. Early brides were expected to dress to reflect their families wealth and it was common for their gowns to be made with rich colors, velvets, furs and silks. In fact, the more material the bride wore, the wealthier her family was. Aren’t our summer brides happy that isn’t true anymore?!

┬áBlack was a highly popular choice for upper class Italian brides in the beginning of the 19th century. Even Michelle’s Great Grandmother wore black on her wedding day! (And Michelle vows she would do the same, only the designer will have to be Vera Wang!) Here is an amazing portrait of┬áSerafina Luporini-Michelotti and Guiseppe Michelotti on their wedding day.

Wedding dresses have always followed the trends of the time and in the 1920’s Coco Chanel made a short wedding dress chic. Even Audrey Hepburn followed in her trendsetting footsteps!

Modern wedding fashion has come full circle and brides have started to opt for more colorful gown options again. Lazaro’s Fall Collection features some gorgeous blush and butter cup gowns that are non-traditional in the most beautiful way. Perfect for the bride who just loves pink, or wants to bend tradition!

For the avant-garde bride there is always a black gown! Rosa Clara and Vera Wang (945 N. Rush) have created some stunning pieces that would wow even the most traditional wedding guest!!!

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